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  • Summary: After over one hundred years of service, The Yankee Pedlar Inn is shutting its doors for good. The last remaining employees -Claire and Luke - are determined to uncover proof of what many believe to be one of New England's most haunted hotels. As the Inn’s final days draw near, odd guestsAfter over one hundred years of service, The Yankee Pedlar Inn is shutting its doors for good. The last remaining employees -Claire and Luke - are determined to uncover proof of what many believe to be one of New England's most haunted hotels. As the Inn’s final days draw near, odd guests check in as the pair of minimum wage “ghost hunters” begin to experience strange and alarming events that may ultimately cause them to be mere footnotes in the hotel’s long unexplained history. (Magnet Releasing) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Jan 30, 2012
    88
    Winding up the tension to an almost stubborn degree, Ti West forestalls the inevitable disappointment of its release, a blow that's further softened by how immaculately the whole movie is shot.
  2. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jan 25, 2012
    83
    Wide-eyed Sara Paxton and hipster-bespectacled Pat Healy play the joint's only two employees, working each other into a lather of what turns out to be well-founded hysteria. Kelly McGillis is a surprise treat as a grouchy medium.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Feb 2, 2012
    75
    Will The Innkeepers be enough for the young folk? These days there's little middle ground between the determined lack of gore in the "Paranormal Activity" franchise and the determined overabundance offered by so much else. West works in that No Man's Land, intelligently.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Jan 29, 2012
    70
    Slow-burning buildup, lack of explicit mayhem and overall low-tech approach may strike cineastes as amusingly quaint.
  5. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Feb 2, 2012
    63
    The humor and chops are there, but the story isn't quite.
  6. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Feb 2, 2012
    60
    Passably creepy chiller.
  7. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Feb 2, 2012
    38
    For too long, this movie asks us to be interested in something that rarely in the history of the service industry has been sustainably entertaining: how dull certain jobs can be.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. Mar 2, 2012
    10
    The Innkeepers is like an old horror film, but one of the best old horror films, the story is sorpresive, the cast, the situation, oh my god!The Innkeepers is like an old horror film, but one of the best old horror films, the story is sorpresive, the cast, the situation, oh my god! a really scare film. The Innkeepers is a classic. Expand
  2. Oct 11, 2012
    10
    the innkeepers is perfect in every way, perfect performances, perfect pacing, perfectly crafted scares, all with no gore whatsoever, ti westthe innkeepers is perfect in every way, perfect performances, perfect pacing, perfectly crafted scares, all with no gore whatsoever, ti west is a phenomenal director/writer. Expand
  3. Jan 13, 2013
    9
    Great movie, reminds me of the 1970's horror movies. The slow pace and peculiar timing creates atmospheric tension. One of the best ghostGreat movie, reminds me of the 1970's horror movies. The slow pace and peculiar timing creates atmospheric tension. One of the best ghost stories since 'The Others'. Expand
  4. Jun 7, 2012
    6
    The Innkeepers occasionally rises to the occasion and manages to be a worthwhile horror film. It could have been a great one were it not forThe Innkeepers occasionally rises to the occasion and manages to be a worthwhile horror film. It could have been a great one were it not for one unfortunate problem: its lead. When the role is as central as this one, it requires a good actress. Sara Paxton could be best termed serviceable, but does not hold interest for long and has some regrettable scenes. In many other ways The Innkeepers is quite good; it features a slow build up to some startling sequences and a thrilling climax. Paxton stars as Claire, an employee at a closing hotel. She and her co-worker Luke (Pat Healy) ponder the story of Madeline O'Malley, whose ghost supposedly wanders the building's hallways. The two are attempting to document her existence with audio (not video) recording devices. For the most part, not much happens. Claire and Luke converse and are generally likable, and every so often one of the few guests appears. These scenes may seem slow, but director Ti West uses them to lay the groundwork for genuine scares and suspense. If the set up sounds similar to Paranormal Activity, the results are different and decidedly better. Dingy surveillance footage is replaced with good cinematography (and a plot), the characters come off as fleshed out individuals instead of pawns for a jump scenes, and the conclusion ultimately satisfies. If only the lead had been more capable. Still The Innkeepers is mostly enjoyable, and hearkens back to the times when horror films were actually scary. Expand
  5. May 27, 2012
    4
    There is a true lack of personality in this film, if you've never watched a horror film this may be okay for you. If you do enjoy horror'sThere is a true lack of personality in this film, if you've never watched a horror film this may be okay for you. If you do enjoy horror's expect a heavily recycled plot complete with bad character development and extremely long and drawn out anti-climactic suspense. The two main clerks don't act like real clerks would: Sarah Paxton has an extremely poor sense of acting and you will often find lines spelt out that would never naturally come from a human mouth. Characters often spell out what they were doing as if the visuals weren't enough for us to tell what was going on. Overall the film has very poor research into human behaviour for a low budget film: Character development is an absolute vital on a low budget because the point is to rely entirely on consistent dialogue. Expand
  6. Dec 1, 2012
    4
    "The Innkeepers", in brief, is an hour and a half of slow-paced minimalism interrupted briefly by moments of genuine, unnerving suspense. The"The Innkeepers", in brief, is an hour and a half of slow-paced minimalism interrupted briefly by moments of genuine, unnerving suspense. The characters are shallow and pretty boring - we never learn very much about them, we don't become attached to them, and so you're not very interested in what happens to them. They feel more like outlines of characters than actual, believable, fully-developed ones. The story behind the ghosts is left almost entirely unexplained, so we don't understand anything of the few "happenings" that occur and are teased with a twist to the facts that never comes to light. With so much potential in this concept and setting, it's sad that the film is so wholly vacant of substance - the only thing it's got going for it is that the spare moments of slow suspense are pretty effective, and sometimes leave you painfully nervous about whatever's about to happen. However, this also means that director Ti West is capable of making a decent horror film, yet somehow he pulls off only scraps of a decent horror film, mixed in with a somewhat impressively limp arsenal of filler and empty storytelling. If you enjoy slow-paced movies with little to no payoff, perhaps you'll enjoy "The Innkeepers" - otherwise, your hour and forty minutes is better spent with something else. Expand
  7. Jun 20, 2014
    0
    It Sucks! Slower than frozen molasses flowing uphill. Very predictable; no real surprises. Doesn't qualify as a "B" movie, barely a D. MaybeIt Sucks! Slower than frozen molasses flowing uphill. Very predictable; no real surprises. Doesn't qualify as a "B" movie, barely a D. Maybe 50 years of watching and reading horror makes me a tougher audience, but I feel it was a huge waste of my time and celluloid. After 90 minutes there were 2 scenes that were "eery" but it was all never scary. Mostly I had to stay awake through the bad writing and uninspired acting. After 60 minutes of torture I allowed myself to fast forward a few times. There is NO Reason to watch this film unless you want to die from boredom. I watched this film because it was rated 3 of 4 stars. I would now like to inflict bodily pain upon the person who gave that rating for putting me through the pain of experiencing this extremely dull snooze fest. Expand

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